Animation Is Hard
By Mike Stamm and Matthew Krick
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Making your own animation can be an ordeal, but it doesn’t have to be! Hosts Mike and Matthew walk you through the challenges and pitfalls of producing independent animation, and share their advice on everything from scriptwriting to crowdfunding.
||CleanEpisode 8: Burnout||The podcast returns after a long absence! Mike and Matthew devote this episode to the complex problem of burnout: how to recognize it, how to deal with it, and how to help others avoid it. They also touch on changing attitudes towards mental health...||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Stepping Up Your Game||Animator Guen Goik chats with Mike and Matthew about how to continue improving yourself as an animator once you’re out of school, so you can get better animation jobs. It takes more than just good animation techniques—communication skills are just..||6/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Sacrifices||This week’s episode goes to some dark places. Many personal sacrifices are required when committing yourself to a major creative project. All that time and energy has to come from somewhere. Mike and Matthew share their tales of woe about...||5/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Making It as a Freelance Animator||This week, Mike and Matthew chat with freelancer Kyle Bernard about his experiences as a working animator. Along the way, they learn about the importance of networking and moving to Burbank, how to figure out what your client rates should be, and the...||4/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: The Pipeline||This week's episode is all about the technical aspects of making your own animated short: asset management, naming conventions, file versioning software. Sounds boring, right? Well, actually yeah, okay, it is pretty boring. But that's part of the...||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Team-building||Mike and Matthew go deep into the world of freelancers: where to find them, how to negotiate with them, and how to make sure everyone ends up happy. They also cover copyright ownership, payment terms, kill fees, and how not to be a bad...||3/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The Inverted Pyramid||Mike and Matthew talk about the importance of working out your creative decisions early, during the scriptwriting and storyboarding stage, and how these decisions filter through the stages of pre-visualization, editing and animation. They...||3/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Why Animation Is Hard||Mike and Matthew introduce the show and tackle some of the reasons why animation can be so challenging: story problems, budgetary constraints, unrealistic ambitions, limited animation techniques, and the need to get better at firing people.||2/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Good Guidance For Animators
The hosts are experienced and knowledgeable. They give good advice and insight on the animation process and how it differs from film. They address each step in the process along with issues like "what kind of artist to hire" and budgeting.
I have a mild interest in animation and I had no idea how complicated and difficult the process is. I appreciate animated features and shorts a lot more now that I have listened to this podcast. I hope more episodes are coming!
So glad these guys decided to create such a great resource for animators, clients, and artists seeking to start their own production. Wish I had learned all this in art school, but it took me years of freelance and studio work to gain the knowledge they lay out here. Can't wait to hear more!
Great info for small art teams
A lot of great information without dnacing around the topic. They get straight into the information that is associated with art process. From dealing with freelancers to managin a small team. A recommended listen for anyone that works on a small tema in this industry. Great podcast!